Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer - Museum Bookstore

Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer

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'a phenomenal exhibition of 17th-century Dutch paintings depicting the wealthy, the working class, and the places where the classes connect' - Huffington Post

Class Distinctions at MFA

The Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century was home to one of the greatest flowerings of painting in the history of Western art. Freed from the constraints of royal and church patronage, artists created a rich outpouring of naturalistic portraits, genre scenes and landscapes that circulated through a newly open market to patrons and customers at every level of Dutch society. Their closely observed details of everyday life offer a wealth of information about the possessions, activities and circumstances that distinguished members of social classes, from the nobility to the urban poor.

This companion book to an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston brings together paintings from artists such as Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Gerrit Dou, as well as Rembrandt and Vermeer and invites us to explore 17th century Dutch painting.

  • Author: Ronni Baer, Senior Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Date published: October 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0878468300
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.8 cm